Career Opportunities

The Respiratory Therapy profession enables care givers to work with ages from infant to geriatrics, and to work in all areas of the hospital including but not limited to:

Emergency Room

Operating Room

Obstetrics and Delivery

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Medical and Surgical floors

Medical and Surgical Intensive Care Units

Neuro Intensive Care Unit

Cardiac Intensive Care Unit

Burn Intensive Care Unit


In addition there are areas outside of the hospital for opportunity to work in including:

Diagnostic Laboratories

Sleep Disorder Laboratories

Rehabilitation Long-Term Care Facilities

In-home Care


Current Salary and Hourly for all Allied Health Programs

Respiratory TherapyAssociate Degree$22.16/hr$46,092.80/year
NursingAssociate Degree$21.93/hr$45,614.40/year
Med Lab TechAssociate Degree$21.62/hr$44,969.00/year
Surgical TechnologyCertificate$14.07/hr$29,265.60/year
EMTStand Alone Program$12.33/hr$25,646.40/year
CMAStand Alone Program$10.84/hr$22,547.20/year
CNAStand Alone Program$10.28/hr$21,382.40/year


Quick Facts: Respiratory Therapists


2016 Median Pay: $58,670 per year

Typical Entry-Level Education: $28.21 per hour

Work Experience in a Related Occupation: None

On-the-job Training: None

Number of Jobs, 2016: 130,200

Job Outlook, 2016-26: 23% (Much faster than average)

Employment Change, 2016-26: 30,500

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